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Obit – Ms. Josephine Thomas

Ms. Josephine Thomas, of the Pleasant Shade Community, died in her sleep at 5 a.m. Sunday morning September 6, 2020 on her 90th birthday at her Pleasant Shade Highway home following several years of declining health. She had been lovingly cared for at home by her family during her extended illness. She was pronounced deceased at 7:06 p.m. Sunday morning by HighPoint Hospice who had been assisting the family with her care.

Funeral services from the Pleasant Shade Upper Cumberland Presbyterian Church were conducted Wednesday afternoon September 9th with Bro. Jackie Rich officiating. Burial followed the 1p.m. services beside her mother in the Pleasant Shade Cemetery.

She was born Maggie Josephine Wilmore in the Defeated Creek Community on September 6, 1930 and was one of two daughters and a son of the late Thomas Presley (Tom) Wilmore who died August 24, 1981 at the age of 76 and Lucy Elsie Brooks Wilmore who died February 12, 1982 at the age of 73.

Her only brother, Larry Lee Wilmore, died in Lebanon at the age of 61 on July 4, 1994.

She was also preceded in death by a great-granddaughter, Kayleigh Hope Matthews who died at the age of 7 months on September 10, 2017.

Mrs. Thomas was a retired grocery clerk and her career spanned almost thirty years and began working with her sisters at Dillards Grocery in the Watervale Community.

Following the closing the closing she worked near her Pleasant Sade home for Rich’s Grocery, which later became Eller & Duncan’s Grocery and later was renamed Pleasant Shade Grocery and she worked for the owner late Willie Gammon and later Jimmy Long and retired in 2000.

Mrs. Thomas was saved at the age of 13 and attended the Pleasant Shade Upper Cumberland Presbyterian Church.

Surviving are her three children, Jackie Thomas and wife Vicky Smith Thomas of the Russell Community, Janice Thomas Gregory and husband Gary, Jimmy Thomas all of the Pleasant Shade Community; three grandchildren, Shannon Gregory and wife Ann Davis Gregory of the Pleasant Shade Community, Jana Gregory Massey and husband Chris of Chattanooga, Tabitha Thomas York and Husband Carl of Ashland City; eight great grandchildren, one great-great-granddaughter.

The family requests memorials to the Pleasant Shade Cemetery mowing fund.